Thursday, April 23, 2009

Isringhausen tastes defeat early in rehab stay

Rehabbing major-league pitcher Jason Isringhausen notched the first loss of his stay with the Biscuits early this week.

Isringhausen had a reunion with a former minor-league teammate, Edgewood football/baseball coach Bobby Carr (at right). The two reignited their rivalry from the lower levels of the New York Mets' organization.

They played pool.

"We played a lot of pool together back then," said Isringhausen, who wasn't sure how to assess Carr's skill.

"He beat me a lot; I'll put it that way," Isringhausen said. "He still does. He beat me the other day."

Isringhausen didn't know that Carr lived in the area until someone in the Biscuits' front office asked him if he remembered Carr. Isringhausen soon had Carr's phone number.

"He was the reason I was 5-0 in Rookie ball," Carr said. "He'd start and throw 97-98 (mph), then I'd come in throwing 77-78 and the batters needed time to adjust."

While Isringhausen became a major-league All-Star, Carr turned to coaching. He's won football and baseball championships at Edgewood. The baseball team starts chasing another championship Friday when it hosts a first-round playoff series. Carr is 73-21 in eight years as Edgewood's football coach after going 13-0 last fall and winning a state title.

"I didn't know he was a stud coach around here," Isringhausen said. "I saw his football ring and (asked), 'You get that for high school?'"

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